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Russia preparing 'loyalty agreement' requirement for foreigners: TASS

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Straight out of the totalitarian playbook. We see examples of this in HK, where citizens are jailed for somply criticising their corrupt government online.

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This will pass. The Duma is a nationalist joke that "legalizes" whatever the Russian government does, including annexing territories it takes illegally from other countries.

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This pretty much proves have much they have lost touch with reality. Foreigners to sign a "loyalty" declaration/agreement. Expected to lie for the Russian government and to go along with their fictional accounts on history, the present, on their Russian military and the crimes they have committed in Ukraine.

This is to put it simply, this is an attempt to both shield their people from truth and facts, and to control news, conversations and opinions of foreigners inside Russia.

When you build on bad foundations, the structure does not last long. Russia is not going to last very long with these attitudes, and their people will find life and the truth to be very uncomfortable when they travel outside of Russia. They will be set straight and laughed at when they try to speak the governments propaganda to people outside Russian borders. This will make Russians look stupid. At least those who get all their information from Government sponsored and approved outlets.

Another Russian failure before it even gets off the ground.

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Russia is becoming a failed state. Joker in the pack.

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Failed state...lol

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Certain quarters might understand if they'd suffered an incredible 27 million dead in WWII. Think about that figure for a second - the US and UK lost a shave over 200,000 each - or less than half of the Siege of Leningrad toll alone; incredible stuff.

This law is to save you TikTokers from offending a babushka (grandmother) who will flog you with her cane when she sees you desecrating a memorial should you travel there.

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This seems to be a worldwide trend. Even "liberal" countries like Canada are considering deporting foreign nationals who express support for Hamas and chant things like "from the river to the sea."

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Just more freedom from the other land of smiles.

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Totally normal! All functional democracies do this.

Oh, wait. No, no they don’t.

Straight out of the fascist’s playbook.

As is defending such actions by referencing past sufferings.

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JJENov. 29 09:42 pm JST

Certain quarters might understand if they'd suffered an incredible 27 million dead in WWII. Think about that figure for a second - the US and UK lost a shave over 200,000 each - or less than half of the Siege of Leningrad toll alone; incredible stuff.

This law is to save you TikTokers from offending a babushka (grandmother) who will flog you with her cane when she sees you desecrating a memorial should you travel there.

No, the Soviet Union suffered 27 million dead. And Russia didn't suffer the most within that. Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics, and Poland all suffered more per capita. You're not getting the band back together.

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Russia should just return to the old Soviet playbook of having foreigner only hotels with FSB agents throughout the bar and Putin on Art for sale in the gift shop.

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I agree Belarus suffered the most per capita, probably of WWII. 600 of the cities were burnt out by the nazis and their nationalist allies. People who were decent suffered a shocking fate - look at the memorials in Belarus to the victims.

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Until someone bumps off Putin, Russia is just the new North Korea.

These crackdowns actually help as they damage Russia and the lives of Russians more, so more likelihood that someone will have a go. The West clearly doesn't have the guts to even chip away at his regime, so presumably it will have to be a Russian that pops him off. Keep polishing those Kremlin stairs, folks.

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A foreigner entering Russia would be prohibited from "interfering with the activities of public authorities of the Russian Federation, discrediting in any form the foreign and domestic state policy of the Russian Federation, public authorities and their officials," TASS said.

And then he just labels any opposition as "foreign agents" and job done.

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And how do you assess the mandatory condition for Russians crossing the border with the Baltic countries to sign a paper condemning their country, Russia, in conducting a special military operation? Apparently, this does not cause any democratic doubts:)))))

How is freedom of speech and thought in your Baltic puppets?

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KukuToday 04:01 am JST

And how do you assess the mandatory condition for Russians crossing the border with the Baltic countries to sign a paper condemning their country, Russia, in conducting a special military operation? Apparently, this does not cause any democratic doubts:)))))

How is freedom of speech and thought in your Baltic puppets?

Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is the truth at least.

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ncredible 27 million dead in WWII

How many of the dead were 'Russians', i.e those living within the borders of Russia, not in the soviet socialist republics?, The SSRs, including Ukraine, suffered millions of deaths because of their masters in Moscow that had once partnered with Hitler to divide the world..

Russia's partner China is putting restrictions on those that 'hurt the feelings of Chinese people'. Curious how Murdoch/Musk and others in global far right media will spin this, or if they will ignore Putin and Xi's versions of ultranationalism, unwilling to jeopardize their caste's ventures in Russia and China. The quest for control of evermore cheap oil and gas continues to smother truths.

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defend Russia's "sacred" civilization from what he portrays as the West's decadence

Another religious war, Putin sounds like the Ayatollah or MbS, or Osama Bin Laden. Next will he call those that disagree with him 'Vermin'?

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