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Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide long known as Mr. Putin’s strategic “gray cardinal,” told a Moscow daily that he was honored to be included but has no bank accounts abroad.

"What interests me about the United States are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Pollock. No visa is needed to access their works. So I’m not missing anything," the tabloid quoted Mr. Surkov as saying.


Cossacks installed a Russian flag and a Crimean flag on the roof of the City Hall building on Monday in Bakhchysarai, a city in central Crimea (via New York Times; photo by Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)


The radiation exclusion zones surrounding Chernobyl


Moscow - February 2014

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There are people on this site who think that “Ah, well, yes, that is all very good, but have you possibly considered that the U.S. has intervened in other countries, eh????” is some brilliant, game-changing observation, and that’s fucking adorable. 

Well, it is, considering America’s role is one of the moral ‘global policeman’.

America and the West operates from a self-proclaimed position of morality. The fact that, say, Obama was planning on obliterating large swathes of Syria last year is pretty important to a discussion on the sovereignty of nations and the roles powerful nations take in protecting or damaging said sovereignty.

America is playing the role right now of righteous global policeman - the tasteful pics of Barack ‘I’m really good at killing people’ Obama wistfully staring out of the Oval Office window, on the phone to Putin, desperately looking for his own iconic Cuban Missile Crisis moment.
The talk about ‘respecting sovereignty’ when the US has spent a decade stripping Pakistan of it’s own - one example among many.

The fact that America does exactly the same thing - only infinitely worse - is incredibly important to global affairs currently being painted as ‘good west’ and ‘evil Russia’.

When the discussion is moral, stones and glass houses is very much important. When the US drops it’s moral manifest destiny perhaps realpolitik can begin; until then, what America does is very much important in what America deems ‘unacceptable’.

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World shares and hard-hit Russian assets rebounded on Tuesday after Russia’s president ordered troops in military exercises to return to base in what was seen as a dampening down of immediate tensions in the East-West crisis over Ukraine.

Russian stocks and the ruble gained while gold and the safe-haven Japanese yen fell sharply after President Vladimir Putin ordered back troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia.

There was no word, however, on Russian forces that have effectively occupied much of Crimea, and financial assets failed to retrace the entirety of the sharp moves seen globally on Monday.

"There’s a perception that maybe we’re going to see a ratcheting down of tensions and there’s a possibility that President Putin may be open to dialogue… that’s why markets are bouncing," Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said.


Translation from BBC Live feed:

I, Berezovsky Denys Valentynovych, pledge allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the hero city of Sevastopol. I vow to strictly follow orders from the commander-in-chief of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and hero city of Sevastopol, as well as orders by military commanders appointed by them, demands placed by the military code. I vow to fulfill my military duty properly and bravely defend the life and property of the people of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

“It’s really 19th century behavior in the twenty-first century,” Kerry said of Putin ordering Russian military forces to move into Ukraine.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests,” he said.