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More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

Posted on Dec 6, 2011
AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.

Demonstrators shout anti-Putin slogans during protests in Moscow’s Triumphal Square on Tuesday against alleged vote rigging in Russia’s parliamentary elections.

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

AP via USA Today:

Opponents say even that reduced presence came because of vote fraud. Local and international election observers reported widespread ballot-stuffing and irregularities in the vote count.

The protesters appear to be both angered by the reported fraud and energized by the vote’s show of declining support for Putin and his party, which have strongly overshadowed all other political forces in Russia for a dozen years.

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By Oceanna, December 7, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

In respect to the IRI and the NED fomenting the uprisings in Russia, I would say
they were instrumental in other so-called Arab Springs, like Libya and now Syria. 

There’s a definite confluence of Cold War coverage with both the major media
outlets and self-described progressive and liberal sites.  I speculate the NED is a
generous benefactor to some of those smaller operations, like Common Dreams
for instance.

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By TheEnd, December 7, 2011 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Wow.  I love this posting and comment thread.  It’s like a three for one sale on articles! - TheEnd

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By blogdog, December 7, 2011 at 12:55 am Link to this comment

TD sinks to posting AP articles w/USA TODAY spin - bloody hell! - Robert
Scheer, where on earth is your Ramparts legacy?
This is what TD should be re-posting - this is the real reporting:

US Attempts to Overthrow Russian Government!
John McCain tries to make good on longstanding threat to Putin.
by Tony Cartalucci

December 6, 2011 - As chairman of the International Republican Institute,
an organization dedicated to fomenting extraterritorial sedition and revolution
throughout the world, US Senator John McCain has become a central


Earlier this year John McCain openly said of the unrest his IRI had helped fund
in Egypt, “I would be a little less cocky in the Kremlin with my KGB cronies
today if I were Vladimir Putin. I would be a little less secure in the seaside
resort [of] President Hu and a few men who govern and decide the fate of 1.3
billion people.”

On the IRI’s official website in regards to Russia, the organization confesses to
“identifying and supporting leaders” at the local and regional levels of Russian
politics to “lay the groundwork for Russia’s next generation of democratic
leadership.” The IRI then goes on to explain it has, “created a new network of
politicians, NGO activists and elected officials who are interested in the
democratic development of municipal governance.” And with this US-created
Russian opposition network, the IRI then sponsors conferences, and
roundtables to help them “increase public participation,” (read: find people to
join a US-backed opposition movement).


Within this context, we find that the work of McCain’s IRI recently manifested
itself when it was caught meddling in Russia’s elections. The National
Endowment for Democracy (NED), a US government funded umbrella
organization under which the IRI falls and the IRI itself, were behind several US-
backed NGOs, particularly Golos, seeking to “expose voting irregularities.” The
purpose of this was of course to cast doubts on the validity of the elections and
justify street mobs brought out by the Russian opposition groups the IRI had
been cultivating in an attempt to trigger an “Arab Spring” in Russia.


As if to immediately head off the skeptics of this unfortunate reality - of the US
meddling in an immensely populated, nuclear armed, sovereign nation-state -
McCain himself would arrogantly declare on Twitter, “Dear Vlad (Vladimir Putin),
The ArabSpring is coming to a neighborhood near you.” McCain would then link
to a Wall Street Journal article framing with exactitude the very narrative of
opposition parties filling the streets with protesters after “election
irregularities” were exposed by US-financed NGO “Golos.”


... John McCain and the corporate-fascists surrounding him, the Obama
administration and every lever of power within the Western world is steering “we
the people” into an escalating crisis with a nuclear armed superpower. When
one nation attempts to overthrow the sovereign government of another nation,
it most certainly is an act of war.

Unlike during the Libyan conflict, or any number of other nations that the US
has meddled in and sown deadly chaos throughout, a similar conflict with
Russia will not be one enjoyed by Americans watching it unfold on TV. As the
end approaches of this zero sum game, the stakes will exponentially rise, so too
will the consequences. If Americans would like to edge their nation away from
the precipice of World War III, they may want to examine just who is behind men
like McCain. Then we must expose them, boycott them, and ultimately replace

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By tapxe, December 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment
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is sheer, who controls truthdig, a jew and a neocon?

is all this so-called fraud in Russia’s election reported by the usual gang of wall street funded ngo’s?

this is but another colored BS smear campaign.

and yes, truthdig is part of that propagandistic machinery.

want to know what’s really going on?


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