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One of the reasons people dislike democracy is that government policy has no connection to the will of the people.

This is why a lot of people in the West are starting to appreciate autocracies like Russia and China, where government policy is shaped almost exclusively around popular opinion.

Democracy is a form of absolute tyranny, and in general, people do not enjoy living under tyrannical systems where they have no rights and things are constantly being forced on them against their will.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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British courts have cooperated with Washington’s police state for years by keeping Julian Assange in captivity while pretending to give him every benefit of the doubt in the extradition case. Of course, the law is clear that he should not be turned over to revengeful Washington, but Britain is not independent of Washington and is merely going through motions that keep Assange in captivity.

It seems clear that Washington and London are conspiring to break the spirit of those Americans and British who still hope that their governments are capable of delivering justice. A demoralized people are easier coerced into tyranny, which is where the entirety of the Western world is headed.

So much is already lost. One would have thought that the US and British media would have been fierce in Assange’s defense if only in order to protect its power to hold government accountable and to protect itself. After all, the New York Times and The Guardian and other news organizations published the documents that Wikileaks released, for which Assange is in captivity. Yet until recently when the New York Times, Guardian, and a few other news organizations made a weak request that the extradition case against Assange be dropped, the US and British media were faithful carriers of the official narrative that Assange was a rapist, a Russian spy, and a hacker of US national security secrets, such as Washington’s hidden war crimes and deceit of its allies.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, WHITE HOUSE
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The Russian president said: 'They, NATO and America, are active in other parts of the world, of course, and they continue to lie there, to deceive. They are preparing to strike our territory and, using the best possible forces, the most effective forces to do so. But we remember the fate of those who try to invade our territory and of course their fate will be much more tragic than anything we could face.' Putin repeatedly lauded Russia's vastly modernised nuclear arsenal in his speech and added as a warning to the West: 'They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory. Of course all this is very dangerous, because it could actually trigger the use of nuclear weapons. Do they not understand that?' 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WMD
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This post is extremely interesting. It shows the close, indeed identical, totally false explanations by the Department of Justice (sic) and New York City medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, of two prison murders. https://www.activistpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Now-It-Can-Be-Told-Part-2-AP.pdf

Kenneth Michael Trentadue’s murder occurred in August 1995, approaching 29 years ago. Epstein’s prison murder was in August 2019.

Trentadue’s murder apparently was due to misidentifying him as a party to the Oklahoma City bombing. Epstein was murdered because he had incriminating evidence against the US and UK elites involved in sex with underaged kids.

Trentadue’s brother is an attorney, and when Kenneth’s beaten and bruised head to toe body was prevented by the family from being cremated and instead delivered to the family for burial, it was completely obvious that murder, not suicide, was the cause of death.

I covered the case, which was still possible in those days, and the extraordinary disparity between the hard evidence and the Justice (sic) Departments explanation was completely obvious. My articles rattled the US Department of Justice (sic) and a Justice (sic) official called my office. My assistant answered and was astonished to hear that I needed to back off or there would be trouble. She asked whether she was talking to the Justice Department or to a Mafia thug.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Activists Urge Nigeria to Delay Shell's $2.4 Billion Sale of Assets in Deeply Polluted Niger Delta

Local activists and international environmental groups want Nigeria’s government to delay approving the $2.4 billion sale of oil company Shell’s onshore assets

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Local activists and international environmental groups want Nigeria's government to delay approving the sale of oil company Shell's onshore assets, claiming Shell is trying to shirk its environmental and social responsibilities in the highly polluted Niger Delta.

The London-based company is trying to sell its subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company — which operates its onshore assets in the delta — to Renaissance Africa Energy Company, a consortium of local companies. Shell says the $2.4 billion divestment deal is part of a "wider reconfiguration of the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

Claire's Observations:  "Wider reconfiguration of the Nigerian oil and gas sector", MY ASTROLABE!!!!

This... is "Corporate Legalese". which translates to, "We're getting out of Dodge, before the real negative impact of our drilling practices can be truly assessed, and the corporation is hit with a  massive fine!!" 

Tags: AFRICA, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, GULF/OTHER OIL
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Manufacturers are grappling with weaker demand for EVs than expected with buyers put off by fears over insufficient charging infrastructure and expensive price tags.

Just this week, Apple cancelled work on its electric car project dubbed Titan and Aston Martin delayed the launch of its first battery electric vehicle (BEV) until 2026.

Mercedes-Benz delayed its electrification goal last week, while Ford has said it is rethinking its EV strategies and Volkswagen delayed launching a forthcoming EV. And in recent months, Audi and General Motors have also reviewed their EV rollouts.

Purchases of new electric cars by private buyers fell 25 per cent in a year in January, latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CURRENT EVENTS
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In the wake of French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments about Western countries not ruling out sending troops to Ukraine, a European official speaking to Financial Times pointed out that Western special operations forces are already in the country.

“Everyone knows there are Western special forces in Ukraine — they’ve just not acknowledged it officially,” a senior European defense official said.

The Discord leaks revealed last year that as of March 2023, there were 97 NATO special operations soldiers in Ukraine, including 14 Americans and 50 British troops. The leak confirmed earlier reporting from The Intercept that said US special operations forces were on the ground, along with CIA operatives.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the top Democrat in the House, has suggested that Democrats would protect House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) from being ousted if he brought the $95 billion foreign military aid bill to the floor for a vote.

Some Republicans have threatened to oust Johnson as speaker if he holds a vote on the bill, and it would only take one GOP member to file a motion to vacate the speakership, which would bring about a vote to oust him.

When Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted, every single Democrat and eight Republicans voted against him. But Jeffries said some Democrats may be willing to promise to vote to keep Johnson as speaker if he moves forward the $95 billion bill, which includes aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The Palestinian city of Rafah is not only older than Israel, it is also as old as civilisation itself. Rafah has existed for thousands of years. The Canaanites referred to it as Rafia, and Rafia has been almost always there, guarding the southern frontiers of Palestine, ancient and modern.

As the gateway between two continents and two worlds, Rafah has been at the forefront of many wars and foreign invasions, from ancient Egyptians to the Romans, to Napoleon and his eventually vanquished army. Now, it is Benjamin Netanyahu’s turn.

The Israeli prime minister has made Rafah the jewel in his crown of shame, the battle that will determine the fate of his genocidal war in Gaza; in fact, the very future of his country. “Those who want to prevent us from operating in Rafah are essentially telling us: ‘Lose the war’,” he said at a press conference on 17 February.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Over 50 UK-based journalists who report for mainstream outlets released a letter demanding that Israel allow more reporters into Gaza. Israel has killed over 120 Palestinian journalists and caused a communications blackout in the Strip that has stifled reporting on the scale of destruction in Gaza. Tel Aviv has allowed select members of the corporate press to take guided tours in Gaza. 

The letter, signed by reporters from Sky News, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS, was first reported in the UK media on Wednesday. “Almost five months into the war in Gaza, foreign reporters are still being denied access to the territory, outside of the rare and escorted trips with the Israeli military,” it states. “We urge the Governments of Israel and Egypt to allow free and unfettered access to Gaza for all foreign media.”

Some of the few guided trips into Gaza have resulted in embarrassment for Israel. After taking journalists to al-Shifa Hospital and a cemetery, mainstream media outlets reported that the curated evidence did not match the claims put forward by Israeli officials. 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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France has rejected a call from US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to give $300 billion in frozen Russian central bank funds to Ukraine, a step that would amount to outright theft.

Yellen claimed there was a legal case to support handing the funds to Ukraine to fund the proxy war and future reconstruction, but French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said there wasn’t.

“We don’t think this legal basis is sufficient,” Le Maire said after a G7 finance ministers meeting in Brazil. “This legal basis must be accepted not only by the European countries, not only by the G7 countries, but by all the member states of the world community, and I mean by all the member states of the G20. We should not add any kind of division among the G20 countries.”

Tags: ECONOMY, FRANCE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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The rubble and twisted metal of Kamel Ajour's smashed-up Gaza bakery underscores one reason starving people in the north of the bombarded enclave are reduced to eating raw cactus leaves after nearly five months of Israel's military campaign.

Bread will be critical to any sustained effort to relieve Palestinian hunger, with one in six children in northern Gaza wasting from malnutrition, but most bakeries lie in rubble from Israeli bombardment and aid deliveries of flour are rare.

"We have five bakeries. This bakery was bombed and other bakeries have been damaged. We have three bakeries that can become functional," Ajour said in a video obtained by Reuters in Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City in the north of the enclave.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Seizure fever is toxifying law enforcement across the nation. For more than thirty years, federal, state, and local government agencies have plundered citizens on practically any harebrained accusation or pretext.

You could be at risk of being pilfered by officialdom anytime you sit behind a steering wheel. Between 2001 and 2014, lawmen seized more than $2.5 billion in cash from sixty thousand travelers on the nation’s highways—with no criminal charges in most cases, according to the Washington Post. Federal, state, and local law enforcement have institutionalized shakedowns on the nation’s highways to the point that “forfeiture corridors are the new speed traps,” as Mother Jones observed.

Police can almost always find an excuse to pull someone over. Gerald Arenberg, executive director of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, told me in a 1996 interview, “We have so damn many laws, you can’t drive the streets without breaking the law.” The Washington Post reported that police set up “rolling checkpoints on busy highways and pulled over motorists for minor violations, such as following too closely or improper signaling,” and “looked for supposed ‘indicators’ of criminal activity, which can include such things as trash on the floor of a vehicle, or abundant energy drinks.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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An illegal immigrant was arrested Sunday for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old female minor and for the alleged robbery and stabbing of another victim.

In a Facebook post, the Kenner Police Department announced that the Louisiana police force arrested Angel Matias Castellanos-Orellana, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras, on Sunday.

“He was arrested for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, First-Degree Rape and Aggravated Assault.” the department stated. “The arrest came as a result of two separate investigations.”

The Kenner Police Department explained that law enforcement officials labeled Castellanos-Orellana a suspect last week in a first-degree rape and aggravated assault case involving a 14-year-old female minor.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Will Homer Simpson, anchor Bob Kelly and Bus Stop Buddy have to find a new home?

The renewal process by the Federal Communications Commission for the license of Philadelphia TV station WTXF, better known as Fox 29,  was extended by a challenge from a group called the Media & Democracy Project.

The group petitioned the FCC, contending that owner Fox Corporation spread misinformation from Fox News about the 2020 presidential election in an effort to improve its ratings.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
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The United States on Wednesday urged Israel to allow Muslims to worship at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem during Ramadan, after a far-right minister proposed barring Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from praying there.

"As it pertains to Al-Aqsa, we continue to urge Israel to facilitate access to Temple Mount for peaceful worshippers during Ramadan consistent with past practice," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, using the Jewish term for the site, the holiest in Judaism.

"That's not just the right thing to do, it's not just a matter of granting people religious freedom that they deserve and to which they have a right, but it's also a matter that directly is important to Israel's security," he said.

"It is not in Israel's security interest to inflame tensions in the West Bank or in the broader region."

Claire's Observations:  Now let's see, Spok Miller:    Israel has not listened to anything the US has suggested they do, to date;  why do you believe they would listen to this now?!?

Sir, were I you, I would expect a great deal more violence at the Al Aqsa, most probably perpetuated by the IDF and local Israeli police.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine needs about $3 billion in foreign financial aid on a monthly basis to get through 2024, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said on Wednesday, highlighting the challenges Kyiv faces as U.S. support begins to falter.

Marchenko said Ukraine's macroeconomic stability during the war with Russia had been possible due to a steady inflow of international financial aid from Kyiv's allies, something he added remained crucial this year.

Ukraine has received more than $73 billion in financial aid from its Western partners in the two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022.

The EU finally approved its 50 billion euro four-year facility for Ukraine this month but the U.S. financial and military support package remains stuck in Congress, blocked by Republican lawmakers.

Claire's Observations: And from where, please, is Ukraine getting this number?!?

And is Ukraine anywhere closer to achieving "military victory", two years on, against Russia?  Spoiler Alert:  Absolutely not!!!

So let's talk some logic here, shall we?!?  In light of the reality that there has been utterly no accountability for either the( US taxpayer ) money spent, or the weapons given to Ukraine , I do not want one single cent more spent on Ukraine until we know what the hell they did with the last tranche of US money or the last round of  US weapons given, period, end of discussion.

The level of corruption of this government in Ukraine absolutely knows no bounds, and I have to wonder just how much of that above-referenced figure every month will be siphoned off to benefit the crooked here?!?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Arizona Republicans want to let ranchers in southern Arizona legally shoot and kill undocumented immigrants who cross their land.   

A bill moving through the state House of Representatives would make changes to the state’s existing “Castle Doctrine” law, which permits Arizonans to use deadly force against people who are trespassing or breaking into their home. 

Rep. Justin Heap, a Mesa Republican, told the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 14 that his House Bill 2843 is designed to close a loophole that he claims has led to “increasingly larger numbers of migrants or human traffickers moving across farm and ranch land.”

The bill comes as an Arizona rancher awaits trial after he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault for killing 48-year-old Gabriel Cuen-Butimea after he shot at a group of unarmed migrants walking through his 170-acre ranch outside of Nogales. Under its provisions, 73-year-old George Alan Kelly could have been justified for allegedly killing any of the migrants.

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Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-FL) believes that black voters in support of former President Donald Trump are people who have dealt with an unfair justice system.

Donalds expressed his views during a Sunday conversation with NBC’s Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press” when he was asked about a statement Trump made during a speech to a summit of Black conservatives in South Carolina on Friday.

“And then I got indicted a second time and then a third time and a fourth time. And a lot of people said that that’s why the black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against. And they actually viewed me as– I’m being discriminated against. It’s been pretty amazing,” the GOP presidential candidate had said while highlighting how the Republican Party has gained more Black voters in recent times.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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He reminds the crowd that HE is the one in charge, NOT the citizens attending, and it doesn’t go well.

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Washington must prevent foreign courts and activists from vetoing U.S. national security and military decisions, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote to Lloyd Austin, the U.S. defense secretary.

The senator’s Feb. 27 letter comes more than two weeks after a Dutch appeals court ruled that U.S.-owned parts warehoused in the Netherlands for F-35 jets couldn’t ship to Israel, which it alleged would use them in “serious violations of international humanitarian law” in the war against Hamas.

Tags: EUROPE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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FILE PHOTO: Displaced Palestinian children wait to receive free food at a tent camp, amid food shortages, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo

GAZA (Reuters) -The rubble and twisted metal of Kamel Ajour's smashed-up Gaza bakery underscores one reason starving people in the north of the bombarded enclave are reduced to eating raw cactus leaves after nearly five months of Israel's military campaign.

Bread will be critical to any sustained effort to relieve Palestinian hunger, with one in six children in northern Gaza wasting from malnutrition, but most bakeries lie in rubble from Israeli bombardment and aid deliveries of flour are rare.

A crane lifted equipment from the ruins that Ajour hoped to salvage. Inside, the metal ovens and trays were piled ramshackle amid the wreckage.

An Israeli truce proposal now being studied by Hamas would allow for the import of bakery equipment and fuel to revive the ovens.

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"It is most important to have a ceasefire and for bakeries to function again so we can find something to eat, and for our children, our loved ones, our families," Basel Khairuldeen said in Gaza City.

With bakeries destroyed or unable to function for lack of fuel, people have had to bake bread themselves as best they can over fires made with wood salvaged from ruined buildings.

Even small amounts of flour are often impossible to find, or too expensive to buy when available. People make bread from animal feed and birdseed. Most say they can only eat once a day at most.

Sitting by a still intact house in Jabalia, the Awadeya family have taken to eating the leaves of prickly pear cactuses to ward off hunger.

"We're living in famine. We have exhausted everything. There's nothing left to eat," he said, adding that he had lost 30 kg (66 pounds) from hunger during the conflict.

AID SUPPLIES

The war began when Hamas fighters rampaged into Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's military campaign has killed around 30,000 Palestinians, say health authorities in Hamas-run Gaza.

While aid is flowing into southern parts of the Gaza Strip, though too slowly to avert a hunger crisis even there, it barely makes it to northern areas that are further from the main border crossing and only accessible through more active battle fronts.

On Tuesday, the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said a quarter of people in Gaza were one step away from famine, warning that such a disaster would be "almost inevitable" without action.

Israel says there is no limit to the amount of humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza.

However, OCHA told the U.N. Security Council that relief agencies face "overwhelming obstacles" including restrictions on movement, crossing closures, access denials and onerous vetting procedures.

The Israeli military branch responsible for aid transfers, COGAT, said on Wednesday that 31 trucks had reached northern Gaza overnight, but it had no details on distribution, saying this was up to the United Nations.

Israel has said the failure to get enough aid into Gaza to meet humanitarian needs is due to U.N. distribution failures.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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New evidence has emerged from the misconduct hearing of Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis. Text messages exchanged between attorneys Ashleigh Merchant and Terrence Bradley have come to light, revealing details that contradict Willis’ sworn testimony regarding the timeline of her affair with Nathan Wade.

Phil Holloway, an esteemed legal analyst, revealed the texts on X, highlighting the critical discrepancy in Willis’ account. According to the texts, the romantic relationship between Willis and Wade, both key figures in the legal community, began before Willis assumed office as District Attorney.

This directly conflicts with Willis’ previous statement, where she claimed the affair started in 2022. The texts suggest, “It started when she left the DA’s office (as ADA) and was judge in South Fulton,” indicating a longer duration than previously acknowledged.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government.

Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan. 1, 2024 on imports to and exports from Transnistria, which borders Ukraine and is not recognized by any United Nations member countries, including Russia which maintains close ties to the region.

On Wednesday, members of the Transnistrian congress used a rare meeting in the regional capital, Tiraspol, to ask the Russian Duma to “implement measures for defending Transnistria amid increasing pressure from Moldova, given the fact that more than 220,000 Russian citizens reside in Transnistria.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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