Transient-for hint works across process boundaries.
We've never had it better here in fact, than since that monstrosity of a union disappeared, and Russians could have had it just as good, were it not for Putin.
And yet when either old age or an "accident" does Putin in, the next leader will be about the same or worse. Putin might make a passable impression of a supervillain, but he's just a man; he didn't beat people into submission with his superpowers, he rose to power because he's the kind of person who gets power in a country like Russia.
So no, Russians couldn't have had it just as good were it not for Putin. Some details would be different, but the country would still be just as authoritarian and obsessed with domination. Lenin did away with the outer trappings but not the inner essence of Czarism, and added a cartful of "ends justify the means" to the mix, which then made Stalin the best available match for the resulting muderous abomination. The later leaders then renounced Stalin but not the essence of the system, and the ball simply kept rolling until the empire collapsed. But even then only the symbols and forms of Russian institutions changed, while the heart of the system went to live on. Which then led to Putin's being the next behind to keep the throne of Czars warm.
Until something is done to its national psychosis, Russia will always be a country where a leader like Putin is the best people can hope for, since he's the least nasty embodiment of Russian national spirit (which still makes him pretty damn nasty). Did I say leader? Because all decisions of importance are made by the nature of the Russian system, and Putin simply handles the logistics of implementing them, getting his share of the loot as payment.
Every country has the government it deserves, and Russia is no exception.
We don't want to be separated with friends by national borders just because some moron wants a toy state to play with.
National borders don't need to separate people any more than, say, city limits do. In a free country, crossing the border is a formality, and many neighbour states have dispensed with even those. It's empires who make a huge deal of borders; normal nations treat them as legislation handover points.
Russia has always had the option of joining the EU, in fact, after the fall of the USSR there was even a lot of talk about allowing it entry into NATO.
But that aint going to work for Putin because the EU is a largely democratic organisation, and Putin wants to run a dictatorship all by himself, so he's always chosen to pursue conflict with them rather than cooperation, unlike his predecessors post-USSR who were more progressive and more willing to look to eventually becoming a more integral part of Europe and NATO.
Erm, because you want the Ukraine to become part of Russia and Putin is in charge of Russia, which would mean Putin would become in charge of the Ukraine?
The real question is why are you trying to pretend Putin ISN'T part of this equation?
The Berkut (acting as Yanukovych/Russian enforcers) were shooting at riot police AND protesters to try and provoke a bigger confrontation between the two - this is something eyewitnesses in both the police and protesters have both attested to witnessing. This did result in some police/protesters firing at each other in the confusion it caused.
"If it was in any way lawful Yanukovych wouldn't have to flee the country."
He didn't have to flee the country, no one made him flee the country. What he didn't want was to face justice though because the only thing that was unlawful was his used of the Berkut to kill civilians and police alike.
"Why do you think that polls manipulated by Ukrainian regime are any better than polls manipulated by Russian regime?"
Because when that poll was done there was no Ukrainian regime other than Yanukovych's.
"And even 33% wanting to secede is more than enough to demonstrate tension."
That's roughly the same amount of Scottish people that want independence from the rest of the UK, yet there is literally no tension between the English and Scots. Wanting something as a minority doesn't mean you're willing to kill, rape and riot for it - some people are mature enough to accept the democratic decision of the majority, and that if they don't, they always have the option to move to Russia if being in Russia is the most important thing to them (Hint: Ukrainians can't move to the Ukraine if they don't want to be part of Russia and the Ukraine no longer exists). What would create tension though is a minority forcing something down the throats of a majority, which is exactly what's happening with Putin's annexation of Crimea.
"It's really huge value that means that radical national stance is untenable for Ukraine."
Stop using "national", and "nationalism" like you know what it means. The only nationalist here is you, you're a Russian nationalist because you support annexation of Ukraine into Russia, you believe Russia is the mother state into which all states have been enveloped. No one here is as stupid as you though and hence no one is buying it. Go worship Putin in Moscow or something if you desperately want people who are stupid enough to follow your line of nationalist and fascist thinking.
1. Apologize for the fact that his study was flawed, and explain why.
2. That no other study has established any material basis in any respect for a link between autism and vaccines or their components.
3. The original funding for this supposed research was made by lawyers who were attempting to find reason to litigate against vaccine manufacturers.
4. That many people will now die of diseases that were nearly eradicated a mere 15 years ago similar to smallpox a few years before it was eradicated.
Put that as a public service announcement on every major TV and radio channel, and online as well, as widely as possible. Show pictures of what happens when people don't vaccinate, particularly to children, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals (e.g. transplant saved his/her life, now they die). Have him make this appeal over and over again until people get this.
Even if we don't get to 100%, we owe it to everyone around us. The public health costs are staggering, and the stupidity is mind boggling.
No side wants to be part of the Russian block, that's a key myth that Putin is desperately trying to peddle:
The whole reason Putin has troops locking down Crimea and spreading propaganda left and right is precisely because he knows he could not win the referendum there legitimately. It's a sham, a stitch up, theft of Ukranian territory against the genuine will of the people. Even with a majority of 58% of ethnic Russian origin in Crimea most of those ethnic Russians still identify their nationality as Ukrainian, even though their ethnicity is Russian.
There is no division in the Ukraine, separatists across the whole nations are an absolute minority. It's no different to Scotland and the UK in this respect - the fact that 90% of the population there are Scottish doesn't mean 90% are in favour of independence, on the contrary, polling consistently puts only about 30% in favour of independence.
There was no coup. The democratically elected Ukrainian parliament voted with a majority of 73% to oust Yanukovych. That's a democratic decision, not a coup.
There is no part of the Ukraine where a majority of people want to merge with Russia, that's why Russia is deploying troops and spreading propaganda in Crimea, because it's the only way they can rig the vote to make it look like that's the case.
See here, and stop spouting Putin's lies and propaganda for him:
I don't trust you. I trust the doctors who know their patients better than you do. And I trust researchers who have actually talked to poor people in the projects and gone over their budgets, better than I trust you.
I've been to New Orleans. It's one of the least segregated parts of the formerly Confederate south, and it's still pretty segregated. You reduced the black population to slavery and post-slavery servitude, and you complain when they don't show personal initiative.
As George Bernard Shaw said, "The American makes the negro his bootblack, and then demonstrates his inferiority by pointing out that he is a bootblack."
(I may be wrong about the "formerly.")
You seem to think state can be separated from it's leadership.
It can't, both are far too closely intertwined to make the absurd argument you're making that you can merge Ukraine and Russia and tell the Ukrainians not to worry about Putin.
If the Ukraine merges with Russia it ends up stuck with Putin. Ukrainians don't want Putin, so Ukrainians shouldn't have to merge with Russia. It really is no more complicated than that.
You do know that it's possible to criticize bad things done by the US government
Sure it is. How's that working out for Assange and Snowden?
Making public a ton of classified documents is not criticism. It might be right, it might be wrong, it might be some of both, but it's not accurate to describe it as "criticism".
How's criticizing the government going for all the people who criticize their handling of Manning? For the people who are criticizing the NSA now?
I get the same thing on some browsers/devices. The color difference ends up being almost undetectable. (Then, on other browsers, it's perfectly clear.)
Well ignoring the fact I'm not American, something I thought would be pretty clear from my post, where I say "my nation, the UK", what you say still applies to my nation, and I agree it is hypocritical for us to lecture on some issues.
This is not one of those issues, and the argument has worn thin. This government has been actively pulling us out of wars, and our current parliament was the one that put a stop to plans to bomb Syria when we voted against that.
As such I do (especially as someone who voted for the only mainstream party that voted against the Iraq war) have every right to criticise Russia and the Russians that support Putin.
Your nonsense about psyops by the CIA is stupid too given that exactly that sort of meddling by the Russians is what has caused the Ukraine to end up like this - you're basically arguing it's okay for Russia to install a dictator, but if the CIA dares to try and counter than then they're OMG BAD GUY. Either it's bad when nations do that or it's not, you can't suggest it's only an outrage when America does it.
Try reading before you post a rant in future. Assuming someone is American just because they argue against Russian support for Putin says an awful lot about your own irrational bias towards the situation than anything else - you have a preconceived assumption that anything wrong in the world is America's fault, and anyone defending western action to try and right that wrong is obviously an American. It's pathetic - there's room for far more than one evil in this world, and one country doing wrong doesn't automatically make all other countries right.
"Naturally I don't ask them to give up their culture. But I don't want them to force it on unwilling people on territory of Ukraine. This is absolutely inadmissible. "
Yet you want to force it onto them and when you do it it's not inadmissible? You don't see the hypocrisy in that?
"This is the reason Crimea rebelled."
Accept it didn't. In polling in February before this all happened only 41% of Crimeans wanted to join Russia. What's going on in Crimea isn't rebellion, it's Russian occupation - it's forced annexation of Crimea against the will of the people there - you know, that thing that on one hand you're saying is inadmissible, and on the other you're arguing for?
"If Ukrainian state respected Russian people as much Russian Federation respects its own people of different nationalities"
Yeah because it's so nice being Jewish in Russia and suffering attacks from Neo Nazis? It's so nice being Chechnyan in Russia and getting bombed to fuck? Outside of nationalities it's so nice being gay in Russia and being legislated against and beaten to death with the blessing of the state? It's so nice having differing political views than Putin and being beaten, jailed, or killed?
The only thing Russians look after in Russia are straight white Russians who conform to the will of Putin. Anything else and you're fucked.