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Putin begins 5th term as president, more in control of Russia than ever

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And more unhinged and a threat to the world than ever.

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Navalny's widow, Yulia Navalnaya, released a video ahead of the inauguration in which she said Putin's promises “are not only empty, they are false.”

Russia, she said, is "ruled by a liar, a thief and a murderer."

She is right about that. There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

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During the brief service, Kirill compared Putin to Prince Alexander Nevsky, the medieval ruler who “courageously defended their people on the battlefield.”

Very Christian, I'm sure.

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Great news to counter plutocracy.

Netanyahu holds his power through democratic elections.

Good point. As long as he is democratically elected, genocide is approved and the will of the people.

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Well, go figure, another Soviet, ooopps sorry, "Russian" dictator.

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Good point. As long as he is democratically elected, genocide is approved and the will of the people.

Conveniently forgotten is how it all started in the first place and the hostages taken too!

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Stevie Seagal's hair tints have reached a new intensity.

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Amin, Hussein, Xi, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Stalin, Kim . . . And now there’s Putin.

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The angle of the camera makes Putin look so tall and manly. No?

Russia, she said, is "ruled by a liar, a thief and a murderer."

True. True. & True.

But the real crime here is Seagul. What a maroon!

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Good luck Vladimir Vladimirovich. As the article mentions, the country is really rallying around the leader. A message of unity in the face of incessant hostility and aggression which has been going on for a long time. Resolve to decide the future of their terms and face the challenges head on.

Look at Russia 20 years ago and now. He has turned the country around from the brink of collapse and faced down the enemies who wish to see the country crumble once again.

Forget the western art of "Kreminology" - the message was short and simple: we will overcome and succeed. If the west wants to stop, to come to their senses and bring Ukraine to heel, the offer is there. But it will take them overcoming the ingrained and patronizing attitude where they would have to actually consider others their equals.

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More like "Putin begins fifth term more paranoid, afraid, closeted, deluded, and more weak than ever"...

He's the only world leader that refuses to have any windows in his houses above the second floor...for obvious reasons...

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JJEToday  08:19 am JST

Look at Russia 20 years ago and now. He has turned the country around from the brink of collapse and faced down the enemies who wish to see the country crumble once again.

Give it another 20.

But it will take them overcoming the ingrained and patronizing attitude where they would have to actually consider others their equals.

I guess Russia is an equal to Ukraine because Ukraine is stopping them pretty effectively.

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after destroying his political opponents, launching a devastating war in Ukraine and concentrating all power in his hands.

If that's what most Russians want, they're getting the leadership they deserve, too bad for them and the rest of the world. But I wish Putin and his far far right supporters would stop trying to influence elections and politics outside the borders of Russia, and that western politicians, looking at US Republicans especially, would stop kowtowing to him and other authoritarians. How many Russians have ben killed in Putin's invasion and war? How many Ukrainian civilians have been injured and killed, how many raped? How many Ukrainian children are still being held outside their homes in Ukraine? What religion is being practiced in Russia, and does it encourage what Putin, the Kremlin along with Iran, North Korea and China are doing in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere throughout the world?

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Cool looking lamp in that palace.

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Putin begins 5th term as president, more in control of Russia than ever

Maybe, but no more in control of his fate than any man. The wishful thinking of many is that he will never complete another six years of kleptocracy and killing he and his criminal gang have just arranged for themselves by gaslighting the gullibles of Russia. Let's hope they'll finally get what they richly deserve since, to quote the "bard" of the Beatles, "life is what happens while you are making other plans."

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 But I wish Putin and his far far right supporters would stop trying to influence elections and politics outside the borders of Russia, 

Why, influencing elections and politics outside of its borders is and has always been standard US modus operandi. It seems to upset you someone else would try to do the same thing.

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Stevie Seagal's hair tints have reached a new intensity.

Lol, yeah he did kinda go funny of late.

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Putin placed his hand on the Russian Constitution

Surprised he didn't just urinate on it.

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Yes, formally he's very strong and in control, but in practice he's a very small replaceable nothing and for representation purposes only, fully dependent on support of military, secret state police and orthodox church. That's working for him as long as he steadily delivers to those three basic entities, otherwise he hasn't even the time to go to the window he might be forced to exit it all through. lol

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Presidents of any country should be limited to two terms.

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The post above that reads, in part: "As long as he is democratically elected, genocide is approved and the will of the people." makes me wonder: if you're a voter in Russia, and Mr. Putin can orchestrate appearances and such, imagine voting. There you are in the booth. "Oh, wait a minute. What if they find out I didn't vote the way they want? I better just vote for him, for my children's sake if nothing else."

Sure, he was re-elected. Will those who didn't vote for him be around much longer? Siberia, maybe. Or they "just disappeared"?

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Yes, formally he's very strong and in control, but in practice he's a very small replaceable nothing and for representation purposes only, fully dependent on support of military, secret state police and orthodox church. That's working for him as long as he steadily delivers to those three basic entities, otherwise he hasn't even the time to go to the window he might be forced to exit it all through. lol

This bears repeating for Putin fanboys since it's "PRAVDA", as any honest Russian would tell you out of earshot of the military, secret police and Putin's ungodly puppet priests.

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Stevie Seagal's hair tints have reached a new intensity

Looks like he’s got shoe polish on his head.

Certainly likes the taste of it off Putin’s size threes.

Cretin.

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Fascinating head/neck angles of the guards though, especially seen on video. (This is not an endorsement of Putin or Russia, by the way).

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Fascinating head/neck angles of the guards though,...

As absurd as goose stepping soldiers. We'll know that democracy has finally arrived in Russia when their necks and legs go back to work the way Nature intended.

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That is the Kremlin Regiment, and it marked their 88th anniversary.

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When Seagal was younger he had less hair than he has now as he ages and soooo black.

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zibala

Presidents of any country should be limited to two terms.

> Kind of an odd comment from someone from a country without a president.

It never stopped you from having an opinion and posting comments on countries you have no association with like Israel for instance.

I am surprised you don't support it since that happens in your own country. Low education I guess.

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Why would anyone stick around a place where they get all the downvotes? I guess some mysteries will never be known.

JJEToday  08:19 am JST

Good luck Vladimir Vladimirovich. As the article mentions, the country is really rallying around the leader. A message of unity in the face of incessant hostility and aggression which has been going on for a long time. Resolve to decide the future of their terms and face the challenges head on.

Look at Russia 20 years ago and now. He has turned the country around from the brink of collapse and faced down the enemies who wish to see the country crumble once again.

Forget the western art of "Kreminology" - the message was short and simple: we will overcome and succeed. If the west wants to stop, to come to their senses and bring Ukraine to heel, the offer is there. But it will take them overcoming the ingrained and patronizing attitude where they would have to actually consider others their equals.

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There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

One could say the same about the USA.

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Commanteer- Is the US trying to conquer Mexico or Canada? Don't mistake the US of old for the current version.

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Certainly Putin is a usurper as well as his election was a mockery.

Though it doesn't change the fact that he has a vast support in Russian society. And one of the reasons why it's his current anti-colonial policy. There is a consensus - the "western" establishment cannot and must never be trusted, ever.

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There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

Empire? If one wants to point out empires this quote is pretty accurate -

" Uncle Sam with massive 800 Military bases across the globe, most outside of its sovereign territory is telling you that the Russians, who control the largest land mass on earth, with less than 20 foreign military bases, are an "Imperial power" Someone's duping you.

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who control the largest land mass on earth,

...as a result of their still extant overland empire.

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Like I don't care if Russia has a base in Niger or Syria at the request of that government. I care about their army being where it isn't wanted (Ukraine, for starters) with nothing good on their minds.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_evolution_of_Russia

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Back in a bit, but I would like to discuss!

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@https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_evolution_of_Russia

You should know what is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Zasechnaya_cherta and why. For starters...

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There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

Totally unrealistic !

Since where has there ever been peace anyway?

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Always important to remember Actor Steven Seagal has Russian citizenship. Last year he received a well-deserved state decoration from the boss personally (who also gave him his citizenship certificate).

We need more people like him. True heroes who retake battleships, take out the rogue, crazed CIA agents and save Erika Eleniak and the day.

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Did not Seagal escape to Russia to avoid sexual assault allegations and possible court cases?

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@sdf_crew_member - thank you for showing me something new.

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wallace

Presidents of any country should be limited to two terms.

Tell that to Zelenski, who cancelled the elections in the Ukraine and declared himself open-ended "president".

Well, I suppose you could call that one (very long) term.

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ffs Russia, pick up your dead. So disrespectful to your fallen.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1787865451470508135

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quercetum

Good point. As long as he is democratically elected, genocide is approved and the will of the people.

The term "genocide" is bandied about a lot, but how do you define it? What I see is a war, that Hamas can end at any time, by surrendering and releasing the hostages.

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Zaphod - this is the Ukraine invasion thread, where we discuss the invasion that Russia can end at any time, by going back home and leaving Ukraine the hell alone.

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Did not Seagal escape to Russia to avoid sexual assault allegations and possible court cases?

Allegations, but also, no one wants to work with the guy, I met him once in 1992 and the guy is just huge, I was shocked, but he's weird, really out there. He is just a bully, you can't keep women around the guy and he hurt people, in the past physically, so I think Hollywood just turned their backs on him and with all the lawsuits piling up, not to mention his own private marital and family problems, he went to Russia, and if I am correct he also gave up his US citizenship. Now he makes movies in Russia sometimes and they go straight to streaming. But he seems to be very close to Putin.

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Always important to remember Actor Steven Seagal has Russian citizenship

It is suspicious that anyone born in the US would want Russian citizenship.

Like being born in a nice house and wanting to live in the shed.

The idea of him having other motives seems to add up.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 12:17 pm JST

There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

Empire? If one wants to point out empires this quote is pretty accurate -

" Uncle Sam with massive 800 Military bases across the globe, most outside of its sovereign territory is telling you that the Russians, who control the largest land mass on earth, with less than 20 foreign military bases, are an "Imperial power" Someone's duping you.

The US last annexed land in 1898. Russia last annexed land in 2022.

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ZaphodToday 01:17 pm JST

wallace

Presidents of any country should be limited to two terms.

Tell that to Zelenski, who cancelled the elections in the Ukraine and declared himself open-ended "president".

Well, I suppose you could call that one (very long) term.

The educated reader will note that Ukraine is under heinous assault and Zelenskyy has only been in power for five years.

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sdf_crew_memberToday 12:09 pm JST

Certainly Putin is a usurper as well as his election was a mockery.

Though it doesn't change the fact that he has a vast support in Russian society. And one of the reasons why it's his current anti-colonial policy. There is a consensus - the "western" establishment cannot and must never be trusted, ever.

The West's policy has not changed towards Russia in 75 years because its behavior hasn't changed. Some fascists in the country take an undocumented handshake agreement to mean way more than it did at the time.

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Congratulations Mister Putin..

Mister Putin did a great job for Russia and its people..

Six more years of Putin..

Most powerful man of the world..

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No free and fair election when Putin prevented any main opposition from running.

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@TaiwanIsNotChina

The West's policy has not changed towards Russia in 75 years because its behavior hasn't changed.

It doesn't matter it's just a factor. Whoever will be the next president of Russia he will follow the narratives -

Russia must be self sustainable whatever sanctions are. The western establishment cannot be trusted as a basic principle.

@wallace

No free and fair election when Putin prevented any main opposition from running.

The pro-western opposition isn't opposition at all they're collaborators. The main problem that the real opposition (including liberal parties) cannot access to a public field.

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" Uncle Sam with massive 800 Military bases across the globe, most outside of its sovereign territory is telling you that the Russians, who control the largest land mass on earth, with less than 20 foreign military bases, are an "Imperial power" Someone's duping you.

The US last annexed land in 1898. Russia last annexed land in 2022.

Doesn't change the fact of 800 US Empire bases vs 20 Russian ones one bit.

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Some fascists in the country take an undocumented handshake agreement to mean way more than it did at the time.

Guess world now knows never to trust US / NATO promises again.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 03:27 pm JST

The US last annexed land in 1898. Russia last annexed land in 2022.

Doesn't change the fact of 800 US Empire bases vs 20 Russian ones one bit.

Wars of aggression are more important in showing the character of a nation than legally occupied bases.

Some fascists in the country take an undocumented handshake agreement to mean way more than it did at the time.

Guess world now knows never to trust US / NATO promises again.

Sometimes its good to get things in writing. Most countries find this to be obvious. Also no one trusts Russia after "there will be no invasion" either.

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What a man! What a man of 21 st century !

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Mister Putin did a great job for Russia and its people..

Vast majority of Russians do seem to think so. Plus unlike certain other world leaders, Putin can actually walk up the stairs.

https://x.com/jacksonhinklle/status/1787908733365874852

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 03:38 pm JST

Mister Putin did a great job for Russia and its people..

Vast majority of Russians do seem to think so. Plus unlike certain other world leaders, Putin can actually walk up the stairs.

https://x.com/jacksonhinklle/status/1787908733365874852

Unlike certain other world leaders, Biden can go to 124 countries and not get arrested.

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Wars of aggression are more important in showing the character of a nation than legally occupied bases.

Guess Americans know better than anyone since the US was involved in more wars, invasions, conflicts than any other country in the 20/21 st century.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 03:54 pm JST

Wars of aggression are more important in showing the character of a nation than legally occupied bases.

Guess Americans know better than anyone since the US was involved in more wars, invasions, conflicts than any other country in the 20/21 st century.

But no wars of aggression which is the principle war crime of fascism.

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Western leaders would cut off their right arm to have the popularity in their country that President Putin has in Russia.

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But no wars of aggression which is the principle war crime of fascism.

People in Iraq and other places disagree.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 04:00 pm JST

But no wars of aggression which is the principle war crime of fascism.

People in Iraq and other places disagree.

Iraq is still using the constitution the US setup for them and there is no US annexed land in the country. You should check it out.

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Mr Kipling

Western leaders would cut off their right arm to have the popularity in their country that President Putin has in Russia.

But would they all the killing and blood on their hands for taking out any opposition? Would they be willing to cut off the right arm of their opponents?

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Important to keep in mind the fact this inauguration ceremony reflected an election in which the four new regions participated for the first time (for Crimea the second).

This was mentioned in his speech. There were representatives and invitees from those regions present amongst the big crowd. Some got shoutouts or handshakes.

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