Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM - Reuters

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM
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And that we could decrease our military spending,” he said. “But given the Russian aggression and what happened in Crimea, I think we simply have to be realistic about things and invest more in our security.” In 2016, Russia moved nuclear-capable ...

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM - Reuters

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM
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“But given the Russian aggression and what happened in Crimea, I think we simply have to be realistic about things and invest more in our security.” In 2016, Russia moved nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to its enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic ...

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM - Reuters

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM
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And that we could decrease our military spending,” he said. “But given the Russian aggression and what happened in Crimea, I think we simply have to be realistic about things and invest more in our security.” In 2016, Russia moved nuclear-capable ...
Denmark will increase defence spending to counter Russia - PMThomson Reuters Foundation

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Denmark will increase defence spending to counter Russia - PM - Channel NewsAsia

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Denmark will increase defence spending to counter Russia - PM
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Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from attacking the Baltic NATO members. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014 and backs separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in a war that ...
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Spotlight: Turkey deploys tanks at Syrian border for new offensive - Xinhua

Northwest Russia - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:18

Spotlight: Turkey deploys tanks at Syrian border for new offensive
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This expert on Russia and international affairs explained that "Russia would want to hold Turkey as close as possible in order to orchestrate the postwar scenario and thus ambitions to have reliable relations with both Ankara and the YPG", the People's ...

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Gazprom to Invest $3.2 Billion in TurkStream Pipeline - Fox Business

Nord Stream - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:50

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Gazprom to Invest $3.2 Billion in TurkStream Pipeline
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The oil-and-gas company said its Nord Stream 2 pipeline is set to receive RUB114.51 billion in investment. The two natural-gas pipelines are designed to deliver Russian gas to the West. TurkStream will run across the Black Sea to deliver gas to Turkey ...
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District Heating Warms Cities Without Fossil Fuels - EcoWatch

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District Heating Warms Cities Without Fossil Fuels
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As a way of providing warmth for thousands of homes, typically in multi-storey apartment buildings, district heating has a long history in eastern Europe and Russia. But the hot water it distributes typically comes from power stations burning coal or ...

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Non-Political Nature of Russian Population Both Helps and Hurts Kremlin, New Study Says

StopFake.org - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:31

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia

The depoliticization of the Russian population via the revival of archaic values provides the regime with a reserve of unquestioning support, a new study says; but at the same time, it means that “the political elites are not capable of developing a stable agreement on the main questions of the development of Russian society.”

Sociologists Sergey Patrushev and Lyudmila Filippova say that “alienation from politics and from the authorities was and remains a key characteristic of Russian mass consciousness” (“Dualism in Mass Consciousness and a Typology of Mass Politics” (in Russian), Politicheskaya nauka, 1917, available online. It is summarized here.)

Drawing on the research of many scholars, they suggest that Russian attitudes toward the state and authority have deep roots in the tsarist and Soviet pasts and have changed far less than the attitudes toward politics which exist in many other countries, something that has limited the ability of Russia to modernize.

Among the features of this underlying Russian culture, the two sociologists say, are massive suspiciousness toward everything new and unique, an inability to understand the behavior of others apart from a hierarchy, a readiness to conform to any order, a limited understanding of alternatives, a view that deception is an appropriate behavior, a lack of confidence in oneself, a sense of incompleteness, a nostalgia for mythologized pasts, and hostility to any rules imposed by anyone except the immediate collective.

“These social habits and social mechanisms of the organization of life are extraordinarily stabile and important,” Paturshev and Filippova say, “and they have been preserved to the present day” where they continue to define the attitudes of the people and the powers toward one another.

What further complicated this situation, they argue, is the division between elites and masses in tsarist and Soviet times, and the divisions within the elites especially in tsarist times between those who celebrated these values, the Slavophiles, and those who opposed them, the Westernizers.

Borrowing of technologies and social ideals from the West, however, “in a paradoxical way were changed by a social system with deeply rooted stereotypes of archaic thought and behavior.” That combination produced as a result “the unique double think of Russian civilization” especially since 1917.

Western European cultures were able to avoid this because they developed on the basis of contracts in which the rights of both the individual and the state were recognized and kept in balance. “In Russia on the other hand, civil society wasn’t formed and the main principle of social organization was ‘collectivism,’” which dissolved the powers and rights of the one into the other rather than allowing both to exist.

That is “the main distinction between Western European and Russian social nature,” the two say. “The contract principle of the self-organization of the society sharply contrast with the collective. If the first of these guarantees the right of the individual to ‘freedom to be special and independent’ … the second principle sanctions his right to right only via service to the society where ‘each happily gives himself to the whole.’”

This popular “alienation from politics” as understood elsewhere “leads to an institutional trap,” Patrushev and Filippova say. On the one hand, because so few Russians feel responsible for what occurs at the political level, they behave in an apathetic and inert way that provides the basis for a kind of stability of the political order.

Indeed, they suggests, “the authorities are interested in maintaining the dualism of political consciousness by means of combining in political discourse traditionalist and modernizing elements.” But there is another side to this approach which works against the authorities.

It means that the rulers increasingly are dependent “on apparat and group interests, ambitions and intrigues” and that “the political elites aren’t capable of developing a stable agreement on the main questions of development,” the sociologists say. But because the population keeps apart from politics, the ruler often cannot easily mobilize it against these elites, leaving everyone in “an institutional trap.”

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia

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Who were the first Scandinavians? Ancient DNA sheds light on mysterious origins - The Local Norway

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Who were the first Scandinavians? Ancient DNA sheds light on mysterious origins
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We extracted DNA for sequencing from bones and teeth of the seven individuals from the Norwegian Atlantic coast and the Baltic islands of Gotland and Stora Karlsö. We then compared the genomic data with the genetic variation of contemporary hunter ...

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Who were the first Scandinavians? Ancient DNA sheds light on ... - The Local Norway

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Who were the first Scandinavians? Ancient DNA sheds light on ...
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Jan Apel, senior archaeology lecturer at Lund University, explores the origins of the first Scandinavians in this piece first published by The Conversation.

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US forcing Europe to abandon Russian gas & buy more expensive ... - RT

Nord Stream - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:10

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US forcing Europe to abandon Russian gas & buy more expensive ...
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The United States is afraid of fair competition in the energy sector, and is hampering the implementation of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
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UK scrambles 2 RAF Typhoon fighter jets to intercept Russian planes - RT

Northwest Russia - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:14

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UK scrambles 2 RAF Typhoon fighter jets to intercept Russian planes
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French and Belgian air forces have reportedly also been deployed to tackle the situation. Air traffic monitors appear to show the RAF jets being trailed by the British Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, which can provide air-to-air ...

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Chief Editor: RT is like “a defence ministry”

StopFake.org - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:38

By EU vs Disinfo

The chief editor of RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonyan, cannot be blamed for lack of openness about the nature of the outlet whose output she manages on behalf of the Russian government. In her own words, RT is needed “for about the same reason as why the country needs a Defense Ministry.” RT is capable of “conducting information war against the whole Western world,” using “the information weapon,” Simonyan has explained. According to Simonyan, RT’s strategic aim is to “conquer” and to “grow an audience” in order to make use of access to this audience in “critical moments”.

Ofcom: RT is unfair and biased

Simonyan’s statements were made available in English translation in a recent article from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. DFRLab identified two interviews Simonyan made with the Russian daily Kommersant in 2012 and with the Russian online news portal Lenta in 2013. The chief editor’s overall message – that RT’s mission is to use information and communication for purposes traditionally handled by military forces – echoes statements made with a similar degree of transparency by high ranking political and military leaders in Russia.

DFRLab’s article also analyses the claims made by Simonyan and other representatives of Russian state media that RT is supposedly no better and no worse than other media outlets, such as the BBC.In its analysis, DFRLab includes a series of rulings from the telecoms regulator in the UK, Ofcom, which underline that RT systematically fails to meet the minimal standards for fair and unbiased reporting, thereby jeopardizing the privilege of calling its work journalism.

RT’s chief editor Margarita Simonyan with President Putin at the celebration of RT’s 10th anniversary in December 2015.

RT weaponised information before the conflict in Ukraine

It is worth noting that the two interviews with Simonyan were published already in April 2012 and in March 2013, i.e. before Russian state media began to escalate their messaging around the conflict in Ukraine. This circumstance throws light on the fact that the idea that RT and similar outlets are the government’s weapons, cannot be seen as part of a reactive Russian response to the perception that the country’s interests were challenged in Ukraine; what Simonyan says about weaponising information and communication confirms that this proactive and strategic approach was present also well before the Ukrainian conflict became known.

RT launched a channel in France in addition to its English, Spanish and Arabic channels. The fact that Ms Simonyan is close to the Russian president was confirmed on Friday when her name appeared on the list of 259 “trusted persons” registered with Russia’s Central Election Committee as supporters of Vladimir Putin in his bid for a fourth term as Russia’s president, as reported by VedomostiIn December,

Follow this link to read DFRLab’s article in its full length.

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Lavrov names conditions for extending Turkish Stream project to Europe - TASS

Nord Stream - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:38

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Lavrov names conditions for extending Turkish Stream project to Europe
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MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. It is only possible to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline further to Europe if the European Commission provides ironclad guarantees that the project will not be broken, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ...
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Europe's need for Nord Stream 2 - World Pipelines

Nord Stream - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:47

World Pipelines

Europe's need for Nord Stream 2
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As Europe's domestic gas production is projected to halve in the coming years, additional gas imports through the Baltic Sea will be needed to safeguard security of supply. EU experts estimate the supply gap at around 120 billion m3. Gas is becoming an ...
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Halfwave lands Iinspection contract for Nord Stream 2 - Oilfield Technology

Nord Stream - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:39

Oilfield Technology

Halfwave lands Iinspection contract for Nord Stream 2
Oilfield Technology
“This is one of the largest and most exciting contracts that we have been awarded, and we are pleased that Nord Stream 2 AG has recognised the added value the ART technology provides,” said Halfwave CEO Paul Cooper. He believes this contract shows the ...

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StopFake #166 with Marko Suprun

StopFake.org - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:27

Fakes: America is preparing a new revolution in Ukraine; Ukrainian traces in the drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria, as well as fakes about milk sales and hepatitis epidemics.

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Criminal transit for Ust-Luga - https://en.crimerussia.com/

Northwest Russia - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:08

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Criminal transit for Ust-Luga
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It is no secret Putin personally supervised the Ust-Luga project for a while. Today, Russia has enough ports in the Baltics. Freight traffic of Russia's neighbors – Baltic States and Finland – has been migrating to Ust-Luga for 3 years. Ust-Luga has a ...

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Energy and climate policies to watch this year - POLITICO.eu

Nord Stream - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 21:30

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Energy and climate policies to watch this year
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... improved integration for renewables and the process for giving more rights to consumers producing their own power. Key files such as the energy efficiency and renewables directives and the electricity market design proposals are expected to head ...

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Top 10 Trivia with Jack De Rue - Northwest Herald

Northwest Russia - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 08:33

Top 10 Trivia with Jack De Rue
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Greetings! Jack De Rue here, your publisher of paltriness, ready for another round of trivia … 1. The monk who invented champagne was named Dom Perignon. 2. Tulips once were exchanged as a form of currency. 3. The dot above an “i” and a “j” is called ...

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