Belarus becomes next country bent on ditching the dollar as they seek bi-lateral trade agreements with Russia

Belarus becomes next country bent on ditching the dollar as they seek bi-lateral trade agreements with Russia

In the Russian Analyst’s opinion, this move is a direct counter to U.S. attempts to enforce the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAASTA) against Russia and re-imposition of anti-Iranian economic measures. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a major source of revenue in Belarus has been the refining and export of Russian crude to Europe. Another source of Belorussian income has been supplying Soviet type arms and parts to Iran when that nation was still under pre-JCPOA sanctions.

With Washington putting the squeeze on EU refiners not to touch Iranian oil while giving ENI and Total just 90 days or less to comply, the Belorussians are well situated to profit from busting the U.S. sanctions. They can import by rail Iranian oil that doesn’t get processed in Russian refineries after its shipped up the Volga from the Caspian Sea. Of course, to do that, Minsk needs to be able to transact on a large scale without dollars. — JWS

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U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

As tensions somewhat eased over Syria in the past week, with Moscow’s military chiefs meeting their U.S. counterparts in Azerbaijan and the Anglo-American case that chemical weapons use by Assad justified punitive missile strikes falling apart, the economic motives behind Washington’s belligerence remained. Despite delaying a new round of Russia sanctions announced by his neocon UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, on April 16, 2018 President Donald Trump tweeted an allegation that not only Beijing was a currency manipulator, but also Moscow. “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!”

The fact that U.S. sanctions announced earlier this month against key Russian industrial and metals conglomerates are a major reason for the ruble’s slide versus the dollar was not lost on the Russians, or the few Americans who chose to comment on this presidential tweet. Curiously the Trump tweet calling out Russia for supposedly malign economic behavior was ignored by the Cold War 2 enthusiasts. Perhaps admitting that there is anything the ‘gas station posing as a country’ with a GDP ‘smaller than Italy or Spain’s can do to actually impact the American economy is a taboo among neocons. Alternatively, since it doesn’t fit their Narrative that Trump is Putin’s puppet, the information is discarded. Most likely though this Trump tweet was simply lost in the legacy media shuffle of Stormy Daniels, extraordinary legal pressure on the President’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen, and the furious online and media propaganda war over Syria. Bloomberg, whose job it is to report on the Russian economy and not merely repeat deep state boasting about inflicting huge casualties upon ‘Wagner mercenaries’ in Syria, ran a story suggesting that the Kremlin is looking to make important concessions. Supposedly these present a way for the newly reelected Putin to save face with his hard liners, while paving the way for a White House summit the Kremlin desperately wants.

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Perfidious Albion Delenda Est

Perfidious Albion Delenda Est

The British Empire, threatened with its final demise, unleashed a desperate ploy this month, claiming without any evidence that Russia had used a nerve gas to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British soil. London called on its trusted Western allies - and most of all, the United States — to rally behind its evil geopolitical designs, for war on Russia, and likely also China, intent on preserving their imperial division of the world into East and West. After all, the ploy had worked so often in the past. As the Lords so delight in saying: British brains and American brawn can preserve the Empire, even though the age has long passed when Britannia Ruled the Waves.

But the world has changed. Rather than dutifully following the "special relationship" with the Mother Country, President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, instead called President Vladimir Putin. The leaders of the U.S. and Russia held a dignified, extensive discussion about the necessity that these two great nations, together with China under the able leadership of Xi Jinping, can and must set about to solve the multiple existential crises facing mankind. Adults, discussing the real world, providing real leadership to a world brought to the brink of thermonuclear holocaust and global economic chaos by the misleadership of the Lords of London and their satrapies in Europe and America.

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Zepp-LaRouche: Putin Delivers a New 'Sputnik' Shock—'Now They Will Listen to Us!'

Zepp-LaRouche: Putin Delivers a New 'Sputnik' Shock—'Now They Will Listen to Us!'

by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the International Schiller Institute

In a trans-Atlantic atmosphere of hysteria against Russia and China that can only be understood as pre-war propaganda, President Putin dropped a bombshell in his annual State of the Union address which has redefined the strategic balance. He announced that Russian forces had acquired weapons based on new physical principles, including a new intercontinental missile capable of moving at 20 times the speed of sound, with excellent maneuverability. It can therefore outmaneuver all existing air defense and missile defense systems and render them obsolete. These new systems, which include nuclear-propulsion cruise missiles, fast submarine drones and laser weapons, were Russia's answer to the unilateral termination of the ABM Treaty by the U.S. in 2002, and the launch of the global U.S. missile defense system. Since then, all negotiations have fallen on deaf ears. "They did not listen to us. Now they will listen to us!" Putin emphasized.

The response from the Western media and politicians ranged from attempts to ridicule Putin's new arsenals as technologically impossible, mere pre-election bluster—to concerns about a new arms race, as if one were not already long in progress ago, thanks to NATO's eastward expansion.

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Key Highlights From Putin’s Address To The Russian Federal Assembly – Part 1

Key Highlights From Putin’s Address To The Russian Federal Assembly – Part 1

President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to the Russian Federal Assembly Wednesday which is a joint session of the two chambers of the Russian Parliament. As is customary in his speeches Putin spoke on a wide range of issues from the economy, to significant measures for reform and advancements in military technology. We note that Putin finished by saying that, “Times now favour those who are prepared to change.” This ties in with our recent tweet, which stated, “The coming paradigm shift is going to require all humanity to change in fundamental ways. If they do not embrace that change it will crush them in the process.” We highlight in two parts the key highlights from this State of the Nation address below.

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Russia jumps to the forefront of transparency in elections as Eurasian power experimenting with putting voting on the Blockchain

Russia jumps to the forefront of transparency in elections as Eurasian power experimenting with putting voting on the Blockchain

Russia's Vladimir V. Putin is expected to easily win reelection to a fourth term and a term-limited final six years in the presidency, but that isn't the whole story of the federal elections being held Sunday March 18,  2018. As Ken Schortgen Jr. writes below, the Moscow city government is experimenting with an ethereum based blockchain for voting. If the experiment in Moscow is successful, the system could be tested to counter irregularities or voting fraud across the world's largest country. -- JWS 

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с новим годом!The Russian Analyst is Back in 2018

с новим годом!The Russian Analyst is Back in 2018

After a multi-month break due to personal and health reasons, the Russian Analyst will be back posting at RogueMoney.net, and perhaps covering Eurasian cryptocurrency developments for RogueCoin.net too in 2018. We want to thank the Guerrilla, Producer CJ and content contributors to Team RM for the phenomenal growth of our site and webcast audience in the past year, and we look forward to breaking down developments in Eurasian geo-economics this year.

With Russian federal elections in March, not covert at all Anglo-American-Israeli attempts to fuel a colored revolution inside Russia's Eurasian ally Iran, Democrat deep state efforts to salvage their failing #MuhRussia hacked the election narrative, the Pentagon arming Kiev to escalate conflict in the Donbass, and a serious terrorist threat as Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup, there will be no shortage of flashpoints in the coming months. We look forward to informing this astute audience what it means and how it will impact their world in the Chinese Year of the Dog. -- JWS

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London Paul and Team RogueMoney Told Ya: The Crypto-Ruble is Almost Here

London Paul and Team RogueMoney Told Ya: The Crypto-Ruble is Almost Here

From CoinTelegraph via Zerohedge.com comes the breaking news that President Vladimir Putin has ordered the accelerated roll out of a cryptocurrency backed by Russia's central bank.

While cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum received a great deal of attention at July's 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, notably through Putin's extensive meetings with ethereum's Russo-Canadian executive Vitalik Buterin, these reports indicate a move towards a sovereign cryptocurrency that, as RogueMoney regular contributor London Paul has forecast for many months, will be convertible to cash rubles and be asset (most likely gold) backed...

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Russia Remains Committed to the Future Adoption Of Cryptocurrencies

Russia Remains Committed to the Future Adoption Of Cryptocurrencies

In what should come as no surprise, recent comments made by Vladimir Putin and other ministers with respect to cryptocurrencies have been taken completely out of context and belie the reality as to Russia’s real intentions with respect to virtual currencies.

Russia’s Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov told a recent conference in Moscow that the currencies were dubious and investors needed to be protected, amid calls to block websites selling bitcoin and other currencies. Shvetsov went further by stating that Russia can’t stand apart and give direct and easy access to such dubious instruments for retail investors.

One the same day, Putin stated in Sochi that the usage of crypto-currencies carried serious risks and are issued by an unlimited number of anonymous bodies and therefore buyers of crypto-currencies could be involved in unlawful activities.

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Ru-coin? As Moscow Moves to Regulate Crypto Transactions, Russian Central Bank Plans to Build Its Own Cryptocurrency

Ru-coin? As Moscow Moves to Regulate Crypto Transactions, Russian Central Bank Plans to Build Its Own Cryptocurrency

Numerous announcements came out of this week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where ex-Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (about which the Russian Analyst will be posting soon). One of the most important state declarations: that of Deputy Russian Central Bank Governor Olga Skorobogatova. She stated that the Federation is prepared to issue its own national e-currency within the next three years. This came after Deputy Finance Minister Aleksey Moiseev's call in April for Russian legislation to regulate trading in crypto-currencies and promote transparency in crypto-transactions by 2018.

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Readout of the First Trump-Putin White House Phone Call

Readout of the First Trump-Putin White House Phone Call

In the call, the two world leaders vowed to work together against ISIS and wished each other's people prosperity. Putin again congratulated Trump on his electoral victory and the two sides declared their intent to improve relations.

Trump was flanked for the call in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and senior counselor to the President and former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon. According to Reuters and other reports the call did not include discussion of the sanctions placed by the U.S., EU and other countries such as Canada on Russia.

Trump also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, confirming a meeting in Washington on February 10 where trade will be at the top of the agenda, and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump also spoke with French President Francois Holland and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. -- JWS

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First Trump-Putin Phone Call from White House Set for Saturday Night; Signs of Detente in the Air on Russian/American TV

First Trump-Putin Phone Call from White House Set for Saturday Night; Signs of Detente in the Air on Russian/American TV

The first phone call between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is set for Saturday evening Moscow time (around midday in Washington D.C.), January 28, according to Reuters. The call which White House National Security Adviser retired Army Gen./Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael T. Flynn helped to arrange, according to presidential spokesman Sean Spicer, is the first since Putin congratulated Trump on his victory shortly after November 9. It also comes as the unofficial/official NATO think tank the Atlantic Council freaks out about a reported draft executive order circulating in the Trump White House to lift some of the sanctions President Barack Hussein Obama ordered on the Russians after the return of Crimea to Russia in March 2014...

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Rumors of War with Russia, Part 12: Tanks Alot Obama for the Parthian Shot in Poland

Rumors of War with Russia, Part 12: Tanks Alot Obama for the Parthian Shot in Poland

In ancient Persia the Parthian shot was associated with fierce horse mounted archers who could feign retreat, then pivot on their galloping steeds to let loose a fusillade of deadly arrows. As lame duck Barack Hussein Obama prepares to leave the White House, quite probably convinced by his own agitprop campaign that those hacking Russians cost his fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton the White House, Poland is the scene of a Parthian shot involving a highly visible surge of American armor and artillery.

The alternative or new media is certainly joining the legacy media in hyping the deployment alongside Fox News Channel headlines such as 'Knocking on Russia's Door' -- for a brigade stationed at Zagan, far closer to Germany than to Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad which borders northeastern Poland to the east -- though other battalions will be deployed to the Baltics much closer to Russia. While 'debunkers of Russian propaganda' nitpick that 'Kremlin TV' like Rossiya report 3,000 total U.S. vehicles being shipped in the NATO deployment rather than the 2,500 mentioned in Stars and Stripes (with around 4,000 American soldiers), the fact is Obama is deliberately leaving Trump with yet another obstacle -- this one a heavily armored one that's politically difficult to withdraw -- to the U.S.-Russia detente The Donald has advocated.

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Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's New Year Address 2017

"Dear friends,

"We are excitedly awaiting the sound of the chimes of the Moscow Kremlin, and we feel the march of time and the approaching future more clearly than ever before. We experience this only during these moments, during this wonderful and beloved holiday."

"Meanwhile, New Year has its own secrets. For instance, each of us may become something of a magician on the night of the New Year." [JWS emphasis on the word 'magician' added]

"To do this, we simply need to treat our parents with love and gratitude, take care of our children and families, respect our colleagues at work, nurture our friendships, defend truth and justice, be merciful and help those who are in need of support. This is the whole secret..."

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Putin Mocks Democrats, Exchanges Holiday Greetings and Hopes for Successful Negotiations in 2017 with President-elect Trump

It's that time of year, in which Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin holds a marathon hours-long press conference taking questions from both prominent global media outlets and obscure newspapers in the Urals. During the press conference, Putin took a parting shot at Hillary Clinton and the Democrats who accused him of personally ordering the hacking of the U.S. election through the release of emails from the DNC and John Podesta's easily phished by some guy in Kiev Gmail account.

In a sign that perhaps Putin's speechwriters listen to RogueMoney guest and LaRouchePAC board member Harley Schlanger, the Russian President said "losers always look for someone to blame, but they should first of all look at themselves." Putin sarcastically asked whether Russian hackers could be blamed for the Dems losing seats in the U.S. Senate, and stated that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be embarrassed by today's Democratic Party (which incidentally, after Hillary's humiliating defeat is at its weakest in terms of legislatures and governorships since before FDR took office in 1932). Putin also described the Dems use of 'administrative resources' (read: politicizing the CIA to push 'the Rooskies aided Trump' talking points from anonymous Clintonistas at Langley) as 'absolutely shameless'.

Before sitting down for over three hours to answer questions from across Russia's nine time zones as well as international journalists (one of whom wore a traditional Kurdish head dress), Putin composed an old school holiday telegram to his partner in great power negotiations, President elect Donald J. Trump...

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Bellingcat Produces 'Report' on Russian Artillery/Rocket Strikes on Ukrainian Army in 2014, But Like the MSM Refuses to Investigate Kiev's Thousands of Hidden KIA

Bellingcat Produces 'Report' on Russian Artillery/Rocket Strikes on Ukrainian Army in 2014, But Like the MSM Refuses to Investigate Kiev's Thousands of Hidden KIA

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin allegedly said, "One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic". Had Stalin lived to see the strange proxy war played out in Ukraine between Washington and Moscow since 2014, he'd probably say an addendum, which is that several Russian servicemen's disavowed combat deaths in the Donbass are big news. Whereas the thousands of 'missing' (actually dead) Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer battalion members are irrelevant to advancing the US/NATO Narrative, and therefore remain (hidden) statistics...which the media outlets promoting Bellingcat's latest 'report' on Russian rocket and artillery fire at Ukrainian Army units back in 2014 have refused to properly investigate. But as we enter 2017, the great Ukrainian combat deaths cover up is about to catch up with the mainstream media and the U.S.-propped up regime in Kiev, because the incoming Trump Administration may not be inclined to do the likes of Sens. McCain and Graham the favor of sustaining the cover up inherited from the Obama Administration...

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Trump to Nominate XOM CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump the honey badger has done it again. After turning down a host of neocon and failed presidential candidate retread Republicans like Rudy Guliani and Mitt Romney for the job of Secretary of State, The Donald is set to nominate probably one of the most internationally experienced executives in the U.S. for the role of America's top diplomat.

Whatever else you can say about Mr. Tillerson as an embodiment of 'Big Oil', he knows more about what's going on economically within countries as diverse as Nigeria, Angola or Russia than just about everyone at the U.S. State Department. Tillerson as Secretary of State would also represent what Team RogueMoney member @BanksterSlayer calls the 'new management team' which sees the New Silk Road/One Belt One Road across Eurasia as a job and wealth creation opportunity for Americans, not a horror to be sabotaged at any cost.

Considering that, after signing a 2012 megadeal for joint Arctic exploration and asset swaps with state-owned OAO Rosneft, Mr. Tillerson received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin, Trump's message to the Washington Establishment is unmistakeable: there will be U.S.-Russia detente. Deal with it!

(Photo above is taken from a 2012 post at Kremlin.ru showing Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, Putin and Tillerson on the right)

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Turning the Nazi Tide: Forgotten Lessons from the Battle of Moscow 75 Years Later

75 years ago, soldiers of Hitler's Wehrmacht were close enough to the Kremlin to see its church domes through their scopes. But the spearheads of a 'Europe united against Bolshevism', who had led the largest invasion in history numbering some 3.5 million men a few months before, would advance no further. Today an anti-tank barrier stands along the highway through the northwest side suburb of Khimki, marking the spot of the closest German approach to the Russian capitol.

Aided by the superb intelligence of deep cover agent Richard Sorge in Japan, the Soviets knew the Imperial Japanese would not attack in the Far East on behalf of their Axis allies. That enabled Stalin and his top commander Georgy Zhukov to transfer "15 infantry divisions, 3 cavalry divisions, 1,700 tanks, and 1,500 aircraft from the Far East to the European front in November 1941" and to turn the tables on a Wehrmacht that for two years had dominated Europe and known only victory.

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