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    Understanding the Russian mindset



    A smart, well produced and reasonably comprehensive introduction to the basic Russian mindset, focusing on a "geography is destiny" type of analysis. Why are the Russians relentlessly expansive? How has Russia's size influenced it's economic realities, it's internal politics and focus on state control? And why do it's people consistently put up with this sort totalitarianism?

    Basically... why the hell do they act like they act? Sometimes they seem like a mystery. Watch this video -- I'll post it's two sequels focusing more on how this mindset continues to impact Russia's current actions and motivations in a follow up post -- and you'll start to see why. I can't recommend it highly enough.



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    The two follow ups, focusing more on Russia's paranoia about NATO and it's recent motivations/actions.

    Edit: this channel, CaspianReport, has many other videos on a variety of topics. I haven't watched any others but these three, but for those interested in world history and current events it looks like a winner.
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    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington was considering all options short of military action to isolate Russia. The European Union called an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of its 28 member states.

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    After months in which European politicians had been debating whether it was time to start rolling back sanctions, the talk now is of how to tighten them.

    "If the Russian government cannot prove that it is making verifiable progress towards a de-escalation of the situation, we'll have to talk about more severe sanctions unfortunately," said German politician Karl-Georg Wellmann, a foreign policy specialist for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

    Merkel called the attack on Mariupol "a clear and totally unjustifiable violation of the ceasefire" in telephone calls with the presidents of Ukraine and Russia on Sunday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said, and asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to prevent further escalation.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0KY0TH20150126

    The reason I started this thread was to help put some sense into the "why" of what Russia does, because so much of what they do -- like inflaming Europe with talk of more sanctions just as things were dying down -- seems inexplicable. But when you get their own tortured, 19th century why, then stories like this make more sense.
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    How did I miss this thread? I'll have to watch the vids when I get home from work tonight.
    Enjoy your burrito.

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    Putin's gotta do everything to distract the suckers in Russia from realizing that the country's economy blows.

    And Ukraine at this time is that distraction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathStar View Post
    Putin's gotta do everything to distract the suckers in Russia from realizing that the country's economy blows.

    And Ukraine at this time is that distraction.
    It's just a bit more complicated than that.
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    Ever visit one of the Russian Rub & Tugs in NYC? Those people have a great work ethic.
    Change back to the Old Logo. Its clearly cursed . We were doing so well before the change..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by -MiamiSoul View Post
    Ever visit one of the Russian Rub & Tugs in NYC? Those people have a great work ethic.
    Excellent contribution to the thread. Lends so much credit to your IQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisturbedShifty View Post
    Excellent contribution to the thread. Lends so much credit to your IQ.
    I thought the OP title was understanding the Russian mindset? What's wrong with my post? They do work hard and have great hands. .....
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    The stalemate in Ukraine and downturn in the Russian economy have experts debating the impact on President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power.

    Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to George Friedman, founder of the geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, about Russia’s strategy toward the West.

    Friedman, who just returned from a trip to Moscow, where he met with senior foreign policy and intelligence officials, says morale there is low. “They feel that they have been defeated in Ukraine, they feel the United States staged a coup d’état and imposed a government against the clearly elected president and that Russian intelligence clearly failed.”

    Russian officials believe the U.S. went too far in getting involved in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Thus, this has put Moscow on the defense against Washington and its allies.

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    “What he [Putin] wants more than anything else in eastern Ukraine, which is primarily Russian be given the kind of autonomy, as they put it: ‘like Quebec has, we are not asking them to leave Ukraine, but let it be an autonomous region’ … if he doesn’t get that much, he’s going to be faced with the situation … where it is hard for him not to do something,” said Friedman.
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01...rce=feedburner

    The only thing more delusional than a Russian politician is a North Korean one. I've seen reports where European leaders talk to Putin and it's like the guy is on a different planet from everyone else. That's why the perspective offered by the videos I posted are so important, at least to me. It lets you in on the derangement.
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