World Famous Alexandrov Ensemble, Humanitarians, Russian Journalists and Commanders Killed in Tu-154 Black Sea Crash

World Famous Alexandrov Ensemble, Humanitarians, Russian Journalists and Commanders Killed in Tu-154 Black Sea Crash

Early on Christmas Day as the nocturnal Russia Analyst prepared for bed, we read the God-awful news: a Russian military Tupolev 154 airliner had crashed off the Black Sea coast of Sochi, in southern Russia. The #Tu154 had 92 souls on board, 84 passengers and eight crew.

As of Monday, December 26, Russian government sources are seeking to damper speculation that a bomb on board may have brought down the jet. But questions linger as to how a single or even catastrophic engine failure or explosion could've brought the aircraft down so quickly, without an apparent distress call. Or how a highly experienced crew which included a pilot who had safely landed after a potentially disastrous Tu-154 somersault on approach a few years ago could've committed a fatal error. Coming as it does just days after a Russian ambassador was assassinated in front of an APTN cameraman in Ankara, Turkey, the question of whether this was a dirty deep state enemy action looms in the minds of individuals like my friend, The Saker.

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The Turks Pivoting to Russia Removes Turkey and Incirlik Air Base as a Front for a President Hillary! Attack on Assad

The Turks Pivoting to Russia Removes Turkey and Incirlik Air Base as a Front for a President Hillary! Attack on Assad

While the U.S. media was discussing the post Democratic National Convention 'bounce' for Hillary Clinton in the polls and the start of NFL training camps this weekend, another 'incident' took place at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey Saturday night, July 30th-31st. According to international and Turkish news sources up to 7,000 riot police were deployed outside the base in the nearby city of Adana as part of a "safety inspection", until the cops dispersed less than three hours later without any impact on base operations.

As during the power shutoff to the base by the Turkish authorities for a week, the media have followed the Obama White House line of 'nothing to see here folks, move on'. We keep hearing that the NATO and the U.S.-Turkish alliances are as rock solid as ever and 'Russia's aggression' has united what we like to call nowadays the Atlanticist Pact. So long as you ignore the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ruthlessly purging the U.S. military and CIA's best contacts in the second largest armed forces in NATO, while accusing Washington of being behind the mid-July coup that tried to oust him...

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Putin Comes out of Assad Meeting Punching at #Valdai2015, Warns U.S. Any MANPADs it Sends to Syria Jihadist 'Rebels' Could Be Used Against American Planes and Helicopters by ISIS

Putin Comes out of Assad Meeting Punching at #Valdai2015, Warns U.S. Any MANPADs it Sends to Syria Jihadist 'Rebels' Could Be Used Against American Planes and Helicopters by ISIS

If Vladimir Putin was conciliatory in telephone conversations with world leaders shortly after hosting Syrian President Bashir al-Assad in the Kremlin on Tuesday, he was in a verbally combative mood at the #Valdai2015 conference Thursday in Sochi. Both Putin and the Russian Defense Ministry were 'hitting' bloody U.S. failures in Syria and Iraq hard with verbal jabs yesterday -- perhaps to set Uncle Sam up for a knockdown blow later. Indeed, the most memorable line Putin uttered Thursday appeared to be, "50 years ago, the streets of Leningrad taught me if a fight is inevitable, you should punch first."UPDATE Fri. 10/23/15 16:00 EDT: We've added the Ft. Russ version of Putin's remarks with English subtitles at the end of this post.

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Russian-Saudi/UAE Meetings in Sochi: Results? And a Few Thoughts on Divine Providence

Russian-Saudi/UAE Meetings in Sochi: Results? And a Few Thoughts on Divine Providence

Trying to make sense of the all-out Syria proxy war now directly involving Russia is a headache. Yesterday's enemy can quickly become today's 'frenemy'. Example: what to make of the Saudi and UAE crown princes visiting Putin and the Formula 1 races in Sochi this week, just five weeks after they met at Moscow's MAKS air show?First, we'd like to make a brief point in response to what RogueMoney reader Joyann said. Joyann has concerns that the RM Brain Trust might be getting too caught up in the East vs. West/Eurasian axis battling the Anglo-American Empire dialectic. That is, the same 'Obama bad, Putin good' or 'Putin bad, Obama good' dialectic the 'godfather' of the RM Brain Trust 'W' the Intelligence Insider has warned against. After listening to myself and the Guerrilla's broadcasts over the last two Fridays, she's concerned about portraying the Russians and Iranians as the 'good guys' in Syria where Assad's forces have the assorted alCIAeda and GCC-funded jihadists on the run from a Russian/combined arms offensive.

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